You may have heard of The Human Centipede movies, but hearing about them and actually watching all of them is two different things. Not for the faint of heart or weak stomached moviegoer, The Human Centipede trilogy has been labeled as one of the most disgusting and repugnant horror franchises in modern movie history.  The films have been banned in several countries. And death threats have been made against the films’ director Tom Six.

It is these labels that make The Human Centipede films a cult classic. The films are unique, over-the-top, and repulsive which makes them all the more attractive to many horror fans. Horror director Eli Roth best describes how many moviegoers feel when they watch The Human Centipede films. He said in an interview, “My eyes were sewn to the screen in horror. I felt like the mad scientist had human centipeded my eyes to the screen. I didn’t wanna look but I couldn’t look away.”

Some people can only watch one of The Human Centipede movies while others could binge watch them all. If you haven’t watched any films from The Human Centipede franchise; then you are probably curious as to what each of them are about.

The Human Centipede Movies

The Human Centipede films are movies about bringing people together. Literally. But how’s that is done is what is truly entertaining in a sick sort of way. Here is Guide to The Human Centipede Movies.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

The first sequence of The Human Centipede movies was released in 2009.  Tom Six wrote, directed, and co-produced all of the movies in the franchise. The film stars Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is about Dr. Josef Heiter a German surgeon, who has a dream of combining three humans to form a human centipede. Dr. Heiter turns this dream into a reality by kidnapping three people. The basement of his home is setup as a surgical ward. His victims are kept strapped to hospital beds until he completes the operation.

Dr. Heiter describes the operation “We start with cutting the ligamentum patellae, the ligaments of the kneecaps, so knee extension is no longer possible. Pull from B and C the central incisors, the lateral incisors and canines from the upper and lower jaws. The lips from B and C, and the anus of A and B are cut circular along the border between skin and mucosa, the mucous cutaneous zone. Two pedicled grafts are prepared and lifted from their underlying tissue. The V-shaped incisions below the chins of B and C up to the cheeks, connecting the circular mucosa and skin parts of anus and mouth from A to B and B to C. Connect the pedicled grafts to the chin-cheek incisions from A to B and B to C, creating a Siamese triplet, connected via the gastric system. Ingestion by A passes through B to the excretion of C. A human centipede, first sequence.”

The Human Centipede Movies

The three kidnapped victims soon find themselves to be Dr. Heiter’s new pet…a human centipede. Three humans connected mouth to anus sharing one digestive system.

The Human Centipede Movies

The film is marketed as being 100% medically accurate.

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) was released in 2011 in black and white. The film stars Laurence R. Harvey.  The movie tells the story of Martin Lomax. Martin is a mentally handicapped parking lot security guard. He is obsessed with the first sequence. He watches The Human Centipede (First Sequence) over and over again. Martin even masturbates with sandpaper while watching the film.

The Human Centipede 2 Full Sequence

Martin’s goal is to create his own twelve person centipede. And he wants the front to be one of the actors from the first sequence. So he begins kidnapping people and taking them to a warehouse.

But Martin is no experienced surgeon. His operations are gory and crude. He severs the victims’ tendons in their knees to prevent them from standing. Martin uses a hammer to remove their teeth. Than he uses a staple gun and duct tape to attach each person’s mouth to the next person’s anus. Mouth to anus, Martin crudely creates his own pet human centipede with The Human Centipede (First Sequence) actress Ashlynn Yennie as the front of the centipede. As he creates his full sequence human centipede, Martin injects everyone with laxative. Let’s just say at that point. The shit fest begins.

The film is marketed as being 100% medically inaccurate.  Tom Six’s goal in making the sequel is for it to be more graphic and shocking than the first one. Tom Six states that the first film seem like “My Little Pony compared with part two.”

The Human Centipede 2 (Final Sequence)

For The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), Tom Six brought back both Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey as the leading actors.  Dieter Laser plays a prison warden named William “Bill” Boss. Laurence R. Harvey plays Dwight Butler, the warden’s accountant.

The prison is full of violent and unruly inmates. The Governor wants the warden to stop the violence or else he will fire him. The warden wants to bring back medieval torture as a way to deal with these violent prisoners. But Dwight has a better idea. Dwight shows the warden The Human Centipede movies and tries to convince him to turn the prisoners into a human centipede.

The Human Centipede 3 Final Sequence

Dwight believes that if the public knew that criminals were going to be attached to a centipede then the crime rate would go down and retention and violence rates would improve. Finally, the warden agrees that they should put all the prisoner’s together. They bring in Tom Six who gives them the original surgical plans from his first film.


The warden and Dwight puts the plan in motion to create a 500 prisoner centipede. The movie is over the top and probably my least favorite of the franchise. But it’s really a satire horror film that explores perceptions about the prison system and punishment. The film is described as being 100% politically incorrect.


Two questions are frequently asked about The Human Centipede movies:

Are The Human Centipede movies real or based on a true story?

The answer is no. Tom Six has stated that he came up with the idea of a human centipede when he saw the story of a convicted child molester. He thought shouldn’t the child molester’s punishment be attaching his mouth to a truck driver’s anus.

Check out this interesting interview with Tom Six:

Is it 100% medically accurate?

Tom Six states that it is 100% medically accurate. This has widely debated. With some saying no and others saying yes. The issue is that many of those that are saying no is mainly due to the fact that they hate the films. Others have said that it may not be 100% medically accurate but more like 100% medically possible. But there is only one way to find out.

What’s your favorite sequence of The Human Centipede?